Kansas City’s Thomas sidelined by broken leg
Chiefs wideout suffered injury in practice Thursday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City wide receiver
DeAnthony Thomas fractured his leg during practice and could miss the rest of the season, the latest in a string of injuries to befall the unbeaten Chiefs.
The Chiefs also listed
Justin Houston as doubtful for Sunday’s game in New England with a hamstring injury. Safety Eric Murray is out with an ankle injury and Jordan Lucas will start in his place.
Thomas was taking part in Thursday’s practice when he got stepped on from behind, fracturing the same leg that he broke in a game last December. Thomas had surgery to repair the break and had a metal rod inserted, though the latest break didn’t damage that repair.
Miami QB Tannehill is questionable
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a throwing shoulder injury that first bothered him last month.
Tannehill was limited in Friday’s workout — the first time he has missed practice time because of the injury. He wasn’t on the injury report last week, but was during the week of Sept. 24.
Brock Osweiler or David Fales would start if Tannehill can’t play.
Left tackle Laremy Tunsil has been released from the concussion protocol and is listed as questionable.
Defensive end Cameron Wake is listed as doubtful with a knee injury.
Giants’ Shurmur sticking with Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Despite mounting losses and a first season quickly turning into a mess, coach Pat Shurmur is sticking with Eli Manning as the New York Giants quarterback.
Shurmur never hesitated Friday when asked if he was considering a change in the wake of Thursday night’s 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that dropped New York to 1-5.
“We believe in Eli,” Shurmur said.
There will be no change to either veteran Alex Tanney or rookie Kyle Lauletta (Richmond).
Shurmur acknowledged Manning made some mistakes in the loss Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, but so did a lot of other players.
When he was pressed about whether he would give Lauletta a chance to play if the season slipped away, Shurmur stopped the question.
“Listen, we’re not talking about a quarterback change,” Shurmur said.
Statistically, Manning has played well. He has hit 158 of 230 passes for 1,662 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. His nearly 69 percent completion percentage would be a career best.
The problem is Manning, 37, is not mobile and that is hurting the offense. He rarely turns a potential sack into a scramble that results in a first down or a big pass play. He has been sacked 20 times. The Eagles took him down four times and had 13 other hits.
“My confidence is always the same,” Manning said. “I know I can play better than last night. I have to make better decisions and get back to doing my job, not trying to do anything more, forcing things.”
Manning is surprised the Giants have the same record at this point as a year ago, when they finished 3-13.
Many football analysts and writers said over the past 24 hours that Manning’s time as the Giants’ leader is coming to an end in his 15th season. Many were calling for a quarterback change.
“It bugs me that we are 1-5,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. “What people say has never gotten to me, never bothered me.”
Colts return Alie-Cox to 53-man roster
The Indianapolis Colts shifted former VCU basketball star Mo Alie-Cox back to the 53-man roster, from the practice squad.
This is Alie-Cox’s second stint on the active roster, after he was elevated on Sept. 28 ahead of Indianapolis’ game against the Texans. In that game, Alie-Cox caught his first career pass, from Andrew Luck for a 17-yard gain in overtime.
Alie-Cox was waived Oct. 3 before he was added back to the practice squad on Oct. 5.
The 6-5 267-pounder originally joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent in April 2017.
In a corresponding move, Indianapolis placed safety Matthias Farley on injured reserve.
Falcons: Injury-plagued Atlanta will be without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and running back
Devonta Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jarrett is sitting out his second straight game with a sprained ankle, while Freeman is sidelined again with a foot injury. The Falcons (1-4) have lost three in a row.
Browns: Rookie wide receiver Derrick Willies broke his collarbone in practice and will miss several games.
Willies got hurt during Friday’s workout as the Browns went through final preparations for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The injury is a costly one as Willies was filling in for
Rashard Higgins, who is also sidelined with a right knee injury sustained in last week’s win over Baltimore.
Jets: The New York secondary will be without a few key members against Indianapolis.
Cornerback Buster Skrine has been ruled out for Sunday with a concussion. Fellow cornerback
Trumaine Johnson is listed Friday as doubtful with a quadriceps injury that sidelined him last Sunday against Denver.
Rookie Parry Nickerson could fill Skrine’s nickel spot, while Darryl Roberts and Rashard Robinson could see time in the base defense in Johnson’s place.
Safeties Marcus Maye (ankle/foot) and Doug Middleton (hamstring) are questionable.
Running back Isaiah Crowell, coming off rushing for a franchise-record 219 yards, is questionable with an ankle ailment.
Jaguars: Jacksonville signed former Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers and placed left tackle
Josh Wells (James Madison, Hanover High) on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Flowers was waived by the Giants on Tuesday after he failed to live up to lofty expectations. He was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Flowers was moved from left to right tackle this season after the Giants signed
Nate Solder, but lost that job to Chad Wheeler after just two games.
Jacksonville also placed long-snapper Carson Tinker on injured reserve for the second straight year because of a knee injury.
Tinker injured his right knee in last week’s game at Kansas City.
The Jaguars brought back Matt Overton to replace Tinker. Overton has played in 89 career NFL games, including nine with the Jaguars in 2017 before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury. Overton previously played for Indianapolis.
Panthers: Carolina coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen will play Sunday against the Redskins after participating in his third straight day of practice.
Olsen is listed as questionable on the injury report, but Rivera says he’s looking ready after missing three games with a broken foot. Rivera said Olsen took more reps than normal Friday and “he ran around really well, so we’re pretty excited about it.”
Rivera also said the Panthers plan to place linebacker Jared Norris on injured reserve Saturday with a toe injury, which will create a roster spot for linebacker
Thomas Davis, who is returning from a four-game suspension.